Donald Trump’s wife Melania was interviewed the other night by CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
While Melania is typically shy of being in the public eye (though she was once a model), the Trump campaign apparently felt that they didn’t have a choice. With 9 women now publicly accusing Trump of sexually harassing and/or assaulting them, the Trump campaign felt they needed to push back with “the good wife.”
Melania is played by actress Laura Benanti, who is just a hoot. (I know her from Supergirl, but she’s big on Broadway as well.) There’s a great NYT interview with her, on how little time she had to prepare for her first Melania appearance in July:
How did the “Late Show” people think of you to play Melania Trump?
When I was on in March, promoting “She Loves Me,” Stephen pointed out the resemblance. He held up a picture of Melania, and I did a sort of squinty-pouty impression of her. That was that. Then Monday, I drove down to Delaware, because Thursday is my grandma’s 92nd birthday. Tuesday morning, I was eating cereal, just thinking I was going to lounge, and then I get an email from Vinnie Favale [a CBS executive], asking will I come on as Melania and spoof her speech? And I was like: “Yes! But I am five hours way.”
So what did you do?
My mom and my sister drove me two and a half hours to the train in Wilmington, where I then studied, for two and a half hours, her speech. Much to the confusion of the man sitting next to me. Who was like, what is happening? I was listening to it over and over again, and I would repeat after her. Then I zoomed in really close on her mouth, so that I could see what her mouth was doing. I can’t even imagine what kind of a creep this poor guy thinks I am.
Here is Benanti doing Melania this week:
And here she is earlier this year, doing Melania the day after the plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech at the GOP convention: